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Regina Roman
Chair, Insurance & Reinsurance Group

Regina E. Roman

Partner, General Counsel

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Regina Roman
Chair, Insurance & Reinsurance Group
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Regina is chair of the firm’s Insurance & Reinsurance practice group. For over three decades, she has represented national and local insurers in coverage disputes with insureds and other carriers, in bad-faith claims, and as a trusted advisor on a variety of business issues, including policy drafting and claims-handling best practices.

Regina has been named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America for her work in insurance as well as legal malpractice law. She has represented carriers in matters throughout New England, in the Mid-Atlantic states and across the country. Regina currently serves as east-coast coverage counsel for a major insurer of attorneys, and as New England regional extra-contractual counsel for a national professional-liability carrier. For almost three decades, she has been primary coverage counsel for one of the largest homeowners’ carriers in Massachusetts.

Regina also devotes a significant portion of her practice to the representation of other attorneys. She is frequently retained as personal counsel for insured attorneys and as monitoring counsel for insurers in the defense of complex professional-liability matters. She has handled a number of appellate cases raising issues of first impression in Massachusetts, including whether a client can assign a legal-malpractice claim to someone else, and what standard govern business transactions between lawyers and their clients. Regina also has significant experience representing lawyers and law firms in cases involving law-firm breakups, partnership disputes, and fee disputes, and she provides advice to professionals and firms on the drafting and revision of partnership agreements, on ethics questions, and on matters of insurance and risk management.

Regina served on the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, to which she was appointed by the state’s Supreme Judicial Court, from 2013 to June 2017. Since 2009, she has served on the SJC’s standing advisory committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Regina is Sugarman Rogers’s general counsel. She was the firm’s managing partner for more than 17 years, having been one of the first female managing partners in a Boston law firm.

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Appointments & Professional Affiliations
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  • Member, Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, by appointment of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (2009-present)
  • Member, Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, by appointment of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (2013-June 2017)
  • Hearing officer, Board of Bar Overseers, by appointment of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (1998-2004)
  • Boston Bar Association (Co-Chair, Ethics Committee, 2007-2011; former Co-Chair, Professional Liability Committee)
  • Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (former Co-Chair, Senior Practice Group)
  • Defense Research Institute (Insurance Law Committee; Women in the Law)
  • American Bar Association Lawyers’ Professional Liability section
Writing & Speaking
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  • “Communication Breakdown: Ethical Dilemmas Faced by Defense Counsel When the Policyholder and Insurer Disagree About Strategy or Coverage,” DRI’s Insurance Bad Faith and Extra-Contractual Liability Seminar Presentation (May 2017)
  • “Moving the Needle: Driving Change Through Effective Women’s Initiatives,” Women’s Bar Association Presentation (May 2017)
  • “Duties to Colleagues,” Ethical Lawyering in Massachusetts (MCLE Inc., 2009, 2015, 2018 supplement)
  • Contributing author, “Professional Liability Insurance Coverage: A Compendium of State Law” (DRI Defense Library Series, 2012)
  • “The Care and Feeding of Independent Counsel,” ABA Spring 2011 National Legal Malpractice Conference Presentation (April 2011)
  • “A Practical Guide to Introducing Evidence in Massachusetts,” Massachusetts Courtroom Advocacy (MCLE, Inc., 3rd Edition 2007, supplements in 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2017)
  • “Who’s the Client? Business & Litigation Ethics” (MCLE, May 2010)
  • “Coverage, Underwriting & Claims Handling through Muddy Waters,” ABA National Legal Malpractice Conference Presentation (April 2008)
  • “Ethics Experts in Malpractice Claims Against Lawyers,” (MCLE 2005)
  • “Personal Liability Insurance – Homeowners Coverage,” “Professional Malpractice Policies,” and “Overview of Errors and Omissions Insurance,” Fundamentals of Liability Insurance Law in Massachusetts (Sterling Education Services, LLC)
  • “Current and Future Impact of the September 11 Attacks on Insurers and Their Business Insureds,” ABA Business Law Section Presentation (April 2002)
  • “Civil Liability of Homeowners as Social Hosts” (MCLE, Inc. 2000)
  • “Malpractice: Assignment of Claims,” The National Law Journal (September 20, 1999)
  • “Coverage Issues Under Professional Liability Policies,” Malpractice Claims Against Lawyers and Accountants (MCLE, Inc. 1997)
  • “Settlement Strategies,” Compensatory Damages Desk Book (PLAC 1995)
  • “Coverage Defenses Under Homeowners and Commercial General Liability Policies in Personal Injury Cases,” Insurance Coverage – Issues in Personal Injury Cases, Massachusetts Bar Association (December 1993)
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  • “Lawyer of the Year,” The Best Lawyers in America (Insurance Law) 2013, 2017, 2019
  • “Lawyer of the Year,” The Best Lawyers in America (Legal Malpractice Law) 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America (Insurance Law, Legal Malpractice Law) 2007-2020
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (Insurance Coverage), Boston magazine, 2005-2018; Top 50 Female Lawyers in Massachusetts, 2008-2012; Top 50 Female Lawyers in New England, 2010; Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts, 2016
  • Top Women of Law Honoree, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2015
  • Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America, 2010, 2007
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top Rated Lawyer, Appellate Law (2013) by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America